I’M delighted to announce that I have reached agreement with WH Smith to go back out on tour with them on a 14-stop Scottish signing tour for my new crime novel ‘The Shift’.
Following the success of the 12-stop signing tour I did with them earlier in the year, in which I sold-out in nine of the 12 branches I appeared at across Scotland and after two great launches of ‘The Shift’ in Glasgow and Stirling earlier this summer at which well over 100 people attended, this new more ambitious schedule, will, fingers crossed, provide a great chance to take Thoroughgood’s latest outing in this prequel, set in 1989, to all corners of Scotland.
So, I will be starting in Dunfermline, this Saturday, September 3, before coming to a stop with an appearance at Stirling WH Smith on Saturday October 8, at which point I will take a break for the October holidays and a possible jaunt to Northern Ireland.
Normal business will be resumed on Saturday, November 5, at Fort Kinnaird and after trips to Paisley, Ayr, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh amongst others, conclude with a Christmas Eve appearance back in the Thistles Centre, Stirling on Christmas Eve.
It’s a demanding schedule but one I am looking forward to embracing and already anticipating engaging crime fiction fans all over Scotland while introducing my particular style of gritty, uber-realistic action driven tartan noir to people who have never heard of me or the good Detective Sergeant Thoroughgood….and there will be no shortage of them!!!
Right now I’d like to record my gratitude to WH Smith’s Central Scotland stores co-ordinator Garry Torrance who has once again planned the tour with his usual meticulous eye for detail.
‘Write’ now I am currently 20,000 plus words into the next Thoroughgood novel ‘The Blood Acre’ which follows on from ‘The Shift’ and is set in 1990. That means I am up at 6am every morning feverishly typing away and trying to meet my 1000word daily target.
Originally my new publishers had intended my next publication to be the first in a new series based on a disgraced ex-SAS soldier Ludovic Graham and entitled ‘Heist’, the MS for which I completed in April.
But with ‘The Shift’ going down well and it’s American launch pencilled in for early 2017, the decision has been taken for ‘The Blood Acre’ to be next out in spring next year and I need to have the first draft MS finished by Christmas….no pressure there then!!